New Interim Coach as England Setup Changes
The Rugby Football Union, after a meeting on Wednesday, has decided to appoint an interim head coach to take England through the next Six Nations.
However, they hope to have a permanent boss for the 2012 3-test tour of South Africaas well as a new senior team manager who will take care of the non-playing matters.
This is seen as key as the England team in the recent World Cup seemed to be remember for their off-field antics.
The RFU also hope to appoint a new chief executive who will cast his view on the recruitment of the next coach meaning current executive Rob Andrew is to change roles to new professional rugby director.
He will not have any role with the senior team but he will control England representative teams, but not the senior side, professional rugby department operations, including, tournaments, competitions and agreements with the Premiership clubs. This is Andrews’ fourth professional title in the last four years,
Ian Metcalfe, chairman of the RFU’s Professional Game Board, has said Andrew’s new position was not a demotion.
“One of the ways we failed Rob is not explaining the breadth of what he is trying to do,” Metcalfe added. “He has a significant contribution to continue to make.”
Also, the Rugby Football Union acting chief executive Stephen Brown has come out and said sorry forEngland’s performance at the World Cup. At press conference held at Twickenham, he said:
“The most important thing is to make an apology to everyone involved in rugby for the performance of the World Cup and the surrounding events; we’ve let ourselves down as a sport and as a team. It’s important we recognize that and take some action going forward.”
By James Wade
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